How to attract traffic and audience to the blog
I always like to see reader engagement in my new blog posts. It’s an encouragement for me to see that others are reading my posts. But a blog post will not attract the readers if we just write it and post. There should have some promoting to the post to get the eyes of readers and followers.
So here are the top five tips I practice to get the attention of my audience together with increased blog traffic.
1. Update the blog frequently (at least once a week)
I found updating the blog frequently is more important to attract readers. If I compare a day which I posted a new content, with a day without new content, always traffic is higher when there is a new post published. During the last months, I experimented with the posting frequency. Earlier I thought frequent updating can make the readers bored with the blog. But the blog data showed the increased page views and engagements with frequent posts.
However I try to post new posts with different topics to keep the interest of the readers.
On the other way, writing & posting frequently is not an easy task. Quality is a matter over quantity.
2. Keep visiting other blogs and give appropriate comments.
I spend some time daily to visit other blogs. (Mostly 1 hour) Always I follow the rule of not to spam their blogs with hyperlinks, this attracted more new bloggers to my blog including my fellow bloggers. I found it is interesting and engaging when I write a meaningful comment than just a one word comment!
3. Participate with weekly linky parties.
Weekly link parties send me a great traffic together with new followers. Most of the parties are hosted by a team of bloggers. So, by linking a post to one blog gives the exposure to readers of few blogs who host the party. Always numbers of post views of those linked posts are higher than a post not linked to a linky party.
4. Share the posts in other social media sites and photo galleries.
I joined and started to share posts with food galleries and some social sites. Most of the food galleries such as KitchenArtistry, Finding Vegan, Dishfolio send blog traffic on my way. Other than that social media sites like Pinterest,facebook,twitter etc are great places to share a blog post.
5. Publish different types of posts which attract readers from different interests.
Even I am tired with everyday Sri Lankan recipes. Therefore, now I try to change the subject but still within the niche of the blog. That really worked. For example, the post ‘How to clean a stainless steel kitchen sink’ attracted more traffic and pinned by many readers. However I always write new posts under the main category of my blog ‘Food & Kitchen’.
Above are my proven tips to increase the blog traffic and engagement. Specially these are helpful to promote a new blog post.
Hope these are helpful for some of you if concern about blog growth than just posting.
I don’t spend much time for all this. Most of the days I only spend 2 hours for the blog. (Except cooking time and taking photographs)
Hope you enjoyed this post. I really love to hear your ideas and comments. Please share them.